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Week of October 29th Round-Up

New Report Explores Ohio's Early Childhood Mental Health Landscape

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is widespread agreement that Ohio’s school age children and adolescents are experiencing a mental health crisis. Just last week, a coalition of pediatric health experts declared the children’s mental health crisis “a national emergency.”

However, as a new report from Groundwork Ohio’s Center for Maternal and Young Child Health illustrates, babies, toddlers, and preschool age children also have mental health needs that are often overlooked and unmet. Our new report identifies opportunities for Ohio to promote early childhood mental health, prevent trauma, and treat mental health problems before they become more serious problems later in life.

The future of our state depends on growing healthy kids and families. By focusing on early prevention and treatment, we can better meet the mental health needs of Ohio’s youngest children and their caregivers.

We are seeking partners to join the work of the Center for Maternal and Young Child Health. Please complete our survey if you are interested in partnering with us.


ICYMI: Watch Our Webinar on Early Childhood Mental Health

This week, Groundwork Ohio's Center for Maternal and Young Child Health convened an excellent lineup of speakers to discuss Ohio's early childhood mental health landscape. During the webinar, speakers and panelists discussed how the state can support the mental health of Ohio's youngest children and their caregivers. We also shared learnings from our new report, Integrating Early Childhood Mental Health Policy to Grow Healthy Kids & Families in Ohio.

Missed our webinar? Watch the recorded webinar to catch up on the discussion!


Register Today: Early Childhood at OCALICONLINE 2021

Are you an early childhood educator, child care provider, administrator, family member, or other early childhood professional? Are you looking for ways to earn Ohio Approved (OA) hours? Are you searching for options for staff to use your ESSER/ARP allocations?

If you answered 'yes' to any of these questions, then you're encouraged to register for OCALICONLINE 2021, taking place November 16-19, 2021!

OCALI and early childhood organizations from across the state have teamed up to present and share the latest research and practical strategies for supporting young children. Through cross-sector collaboration, you will have access to a diverse, high-quality professional learning experience to help create and strengthen Ohio’s early childhood workforce to ensure all young children and families have the support and resources they need.

Want to see the complete lineup of sessions that are Ohio Approved? Click here to view the list.


Apply to Groundwork Ohio's Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship

Groundwork Ohio is currently seeking applications from passionate early childhood professionals to be part of our 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship cohort!

Are you looking to enhance your leadership skills and gain a better understanding of how to be an effective advocate for infants, toddlers, and families in your community? Apply to be an Early Childhood Leadership Fellow today! All early childhood professionals are encouraged to apply.

Time is running out to apply. Applications for the 2022 Early Childhood Leadership Fellowship must be submitted by 5:00 PM ET on Friday, November 5, 2021.


Groundwork Ohio is Hiring an Office Manager. Apply Today!

Are you or is someone you know passionate about early childhood policy and improving the lives of Ohio's youngest children and their families? Are you a resourceful problem solver with a can-do attitude who has experience in performing administrative duties? Groundwork Ohio is seeking applicants for an Office Manager to join our highly effective team! Click here to learn more about the position.

Groundwork Ohio is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prospective applicants ready to collaborate with an awesome team of professionals are encouraged to send a resume and cover letter to Lynanne Gutierrez at by TODAY, Friday, October 29, 2021.


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